Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Edward Neal

Workshop title

Overview of the neijing and the current renaissance that is coming out of recent reevaluations

Workshop times

Saturday 1630 – 1800

Workshop description

The Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) is the root text of Chinese medicine.

Written over 2,000 years ago, these writings provide the defining theoretical and clinical basis for the practice of Chinese medicine. Despite this importance over the centuries the Neijing text has been difficult to interpret by historical commentators and practitioners. In the past 15 years early Chinese texts have been catalogued on databases. This has allowed a new type of text research and interpretation that has shown surprising results. This lecture will provide an overview of these ideas and examine recent conclusions drawn from this research along with their implications for Chinese and Western medicine. These findings suggest that far from being an outdated text with little practical relevance, these writings have broad practical relevance for our current understanding of Chinese medicine and suggest promising new approaches to a variety of global health problems including cancer, resistant infectious disease and others.

Speaker biography

Dr. Neal was originally trained as an allopathic physician with a specialty in Internal Medicine.
He graduated with honours from the University of New Mexico Medical School and completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He currently maintains active licences in both Western and Chinese medicine.

In the early 1990s he began training in acupuncture and incorporating complementary medicine into his work in the allopathic field. His training continued with post-graduate studies in Chinese languages at Portland State University, as well as advanced studies in classical Chinese languages at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China.
He is the director of the Xinglin Institute ( a collaborative research group that studies traditional East Asian medical practices looking for innovative solutions to current global health problems. He is currently a visiting scholar in East Asian Medicine at the University of California Medical School in San Diego.

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